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'Govt responsible for agri distress in country'

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

A farmers and workers convention here today blamed the government's policies for "distress" in the country.

Addressing the Kisaan Sankalp Sammelan at Gandhi Maidan in the capital, leaders said cultivators are distressed all over the country due to poor policies and sought to fulfill promises by the ruling in

In his address, Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Mahasabha General Secretary said farmers were abandoning and committing suicide due to policies.

"Instead of ensuring relief to farmers, the is rubbing salt on their wounds. Now farmers across the country are uniting and raising demands of a loan waiver and seeking full return against their produce," he said.

Mollah said that assimilation of farmers in the national movement will create a "new wave".

Speaking on the occasion, noted economist said that farmers' was still very low in the country, despite whopping growth in in other sectors since 1971.

"Failing to recover the cultivation cost, distressed are committing suicides," he said.

said farm-based companies related to seeds, fertilisers and pesticides have raked in huge profit in the country whereas farmers are in crisis.

"From the past 70 years, the has kept the prices of crops low. It clearly indicates that not only the governments policy but their intention is also wrong," he said.

Yadav observed that it was for the first time when farmers' movements in various states are amalgamating into a nationwide movement.

"Now farmers want remedy for their problems and are coming together to raise their voices," he said.

Leaders representing various farmers and labourers associations also addressed the convention.

leaders also chalked out a strategy for the agitation in support of their various demands in near future in

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 22:45 IST